3 Ways to Get the Most Value for Your Trade In

You’ve landed on a decision.


You’re going to trade your car in for a new one.


Congrats on making the hard choice. 


Now it’s time to think about the trade-in process.


Here’s what you need to know.

1. Know your vehicle’s value

You want to get the most you can for your car, so you need to have an idea of what it’s actually worth.


The best place to find out how much you can likely get for your vehicle is Kelly Blue Book.


You’ll be prompted to enter the year, make, model, condition, and mileage.


With this information, the website will generate a form that you can print to take to the dealer with you that shows what your vehicle’s trade in value is.

2. Give your car a sprucing up

Cosmetic damage lowers the value of your vehicle and will ensure you get a lower trade-in amount.


The same goes for any significant damage on the inside.


Of course, you don’t have to go to extremes like giving your car a new paint job, but you should clean things up.


Here are some ideas:

  • Shampoo the carpets.

  • Take your vehicle through a car wash.

  • Get some touch-up paint to take care of small scratches.

  • Have minor dents repaired.


These small tasks can have a big impact on your trade-in amount.

3. Shop around

It’s a good idea to know what several dealers will offer you for your trade-in. Don’t be afraid to check around.


Request a written copy of the estimates you get for your vehicle at each lot you visit.

Get the most for your trade-in

Pay the People Pleasin’ folks at Serra Auto Park a visit with the vehicle you’re looking to trade in.


We’ll give you a fair price AND help you find a new vehicle that’s perfectly suited to you.


Come and see us today!


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